UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made some waves earlier this week when she said she could retire from MMA in as little as two years from now. She said that she needed an "exit strategy" from the sport, something she didn't have when she was done with Judo. Here's what she had to say (via MMA Fighting):
"I said from the beginning that I work in quadrennials," Rousey told MMA Junkie. "I do four-year cycles. I think I've got two years left in me, realistically, if I'm going to do this like an Olympic run."
"I am the best f--king fighter in the world, and I truly believe that, but you're still rolling the dice no matter who you are, so I do have to kind of set up an exit strategy," she said. "That's what I did wrong in judo. I followed it all the way until the end, and I didn't put any thought into after.
"I've got two more years to get the ball rolling without me. TUF was the first step. It's not the last one, but the work's getting done."
Those statements led to a bunch of speculation from fans and media alike, and it drove Rousey to send out a series of tweets this morning to further explain herself. And to attack the haters:
To everyone giving me shit for"hypothetically retiring"someday-ill retire when I feel like my mark has been made and Im ready to make babies— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
My best guess was 2-3 years but thats a guess,who knows,the day Im not overjoyed2go2the gym is the day I quit.Could be tomorrow or in 7years— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
But ill tell you what,every1 giving me shit4entertaining the idea is expediting it.Im a fighter&always will be,only ill know when its enough— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
So fuck all you hating twitter bitches, have a great time spending the rest of your day seething over my options and choices— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
And for everyone that has my back and has been supportive through all this. Thank you so much,I can't explain how much I appreciate you all.— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 10, 2013
Rousey is scheduled to meet Miesha Tate at UFC 168, and might move her fight camp to Atlanta so she can take a part in Fast & Furious 7. So with that out of the way, let the Gina Carano comparisons continue.